Inspired by works from the NGV Collection, NGV curators and contributing scholars, research specialists and guests guide learners through an introductory study of Impressionism and its enduring legacy.
What were the social, political and cultural influences that led to the birth of Impressionism in France in the late nineteenth century? Learn about the key figures and philosophies behind the development of this dynamic movement, and the story of how it came to be so influential.
Portable easels and collapsible paint tubes gave nineteenth century artists new freedom to leave the studio and paint outdoors. Impressionist artists ventured to various locations experimenting with ways to capture light and scenes of modern life. Discover how Impressionist paintings documented the changing landscape, mapped the artists’s travels, and formed a record of their ongoing experimentations with colour, composition and technique.
Rejecting the polished formalism of traditional portraiture, Impressionist portraits captured unguarded moments of intimacy, informal scenes of domesticity and the bustle of contemporary life. Still Life also made a resurgence with the Impressionists painters, who delighted in capturing lively, colourful arrangements of everyday things. Learn about how these two genres of painting were re-invented during the Impressionist movement.
Since the first Impressionist exhibition in 1874, Impressionism has gained universal popularity and its artists have become household names around the world. Exhibitions of Impressionism have steadily attracted new admirers and added fresh perspectives to the body of knowledge about the artists, their work and their environment. Who has been omitted from traditional art historical accounts of Impressionism, and how are writers and curators reconsidering the legacy of Impressionism through a contemporary lens?
- Examine the social and historical factors that led to the birth of the Impressionist movement in France.
- Describe the characteristics and objectives of the Impressionist movement.
- Identify and discuss key Impressionist artists and their work.
- Trace the influence and impact of French Impressionism.
- Examine the legacy of Impressionism and how it is being re-interpreted in recent decades.
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Includes 8-week access to learning materials from the course start date.
- General: $69
- NGV Members: $64
oil on canvas
60.0 × 81.0 cm
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1937